From the runway to your sketchbook: Rendering leather, florals, animal prints, camouflage, stripes, lace, and more!
Hello and welcome to the University of Fashion blog. As the official launch date of the University of Fashion draws near, we have kept quite busy building up the video library. Students, teachers, business owners, and fashionistas worldwide will gain access to industry professionals via the most amazing and informative online videos covering fashion and design techniques including draping, pattern making, sewing, fashion illustration, and product development. We have also been closely following the Fall/Winter 2012 collections, and thought you may like to know a bit more about how the the University of Fashion keeps in step with current runway trends.
Now that the the shows are over, we have pin-pointed key trends which emerged from fashion capitals: New York, London, Paris, Tokyo, and Milan. Last week we discussed the near omnipresence of lace on the runway seen at Oscar de la Renta, Tom Ford, Stella McCartney, Louis Vuitton, and Valentino to name a few. Aside from lace, many design elements focused on use of other unique patterns and textiles. We saw stripes at Burberry Prorsum, John Bartlett, and Armani, animal print at Carlo Tivioli, Betsey Johnson, Versace, and Michael Kors, geometrics at Missoni, Narciso Rodriguez, Celine, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Lacoste, and Yves Saint Laurent, florals at Christopher Kane, Diane Von Furstenberg, Isabel Marant, and Roberto Cavalli, camouflage at Tommy Hilfiger, Umit Benan, and Opening Ceremony, tons of leather and fur at Simonetta Ravizza, Miu Miu, Tom Ford, Viktor and Rolf, and newbie Kanye West, as well as volcano inspired prints at Monique Lhuillier, delightfully stylized cars and flames at Prada, and chili peppers at Dolce and Gabbana.
At the University of Fashion, aside from instructing draping, pattern making, garment construction, and product development, we will also be bring to you exclusive fashion drawing & rendering lessons from experts in the field. Our fashion illustration lessons, taught by fashion designers, instructors, and industry pros will inspire and provide you with the knowledge needed to sketch your own fabulous ideas. Fan Wu will teach you fundamentals such as drawing a male and female fashion croquis as well as numerous other fashion figure poses. He’ll even teach you how to draw kids and tweens! Roberto Calasanz will dazzle you with his lessons on how to render camouflage, fur, floral, leather, stripes, animal prints, lace and more…
Yours in Fashion,
Social Media Director, University of Fashion